“When you know that you are going to cancel a card right before the annual fee is due, call a couple months ahead instead. I just called on my two Citi AA cards and they gave me an $85 statement credit and 500 bonus points/month on both just to keep the card. I can still cancel in a couple of months when the fee is due. I will do this with all the cards I plan on cancelling from now on.”
Starwood Preferred Guest Continued: It’s a good program and I’m on a roll, so why not?
Some frequently asked questions about SPG and the answers below.
“The Nights and Flights sounds like a great deal! Am I correct that how you use the 50,000 miles after the transfer is up to you? The Nights and Flights promotion only requires that you make the transfer to get the hotel stay?” - Mike
I called SPG and spoke with a representative who told me that when you redeem your Starpoints for the Nights and Flights option, you must book your hotel right then with the SPG representative. But as far as using the airline miles, that part is up to you. They make the points transfer and book your hotel. You do what you want with the airline miles later.
“If I stay two nights, booked with my SPG card at participating Sheraton hotels, I’ll get a third night free. Is this two paid nights, or two nights booked with points? “-Rharrigill
“How long do SPG points last before they expire because of inactivity?”- Anonymous reader
“My wife and I both have accounts and we will eventually make her the primary account. Can I transfer my points to her? – Anonymous reader
If you share an address, members of the same household may transfer miles between accounts. There is a transfer form you must fill out. Go to SPG.com. Under the “Quick Links” tab, choose the “Redeem Points” option. All the way at the bottom is the “Transfer to another member“ option. It will prompt you to log into your account and take you to the transfer points form.
“Does the 5th night free apply to the Cash and Points option as well?” – Anonymous Reader
Starwood does not allow overlapping of promotions. So the answer is no, we cannot double dip on this one. I was also wondering if I could apply a AAA member hotel discount with the Sheraton “stay two get a third night free” deal. When I asked SPG they said no. I am curious though: If I showed up at check in and presented my AAA card, could I get the 10% discount applied or the free breakfast they offer applied then?
– The Rookie, Shannon
Citi Prestige® Card
- Annual Fee: $450 fee
- Foreign Fees: No
- Card Type: Bank
The increase to 50,000 ThankYou points for the Citi Prestige card may be a signal that Citi wants back in the game, big time. The sign-up bonus has just been increased to 50K points from the previous 30K offer. An added benefit is a $250 annual air travel credit each calendar year -- so, if you sign up in April, you'll receive the credit this year, and again in January of next year -- which more than covers the $450 first year fee. When you add in lounge access for you and up to two of your guests, you’ve added another $400+ in value. One more benefit worth mentioning is the fourth night free for any four-night hotel stay booked through Wagonlit Travel. And lastly is the $100 statement credit when you sign up for Global Entry and pay for it using the Prestige card. Don’t forget the ever-growing number of airline transfer partners that work with the ThankYou points program.
- $250 Air Travel Credit each year
- Complimentary 4th Night for any hotel stay
- Earn 50,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after $3,000 in purchases made with your card in the first 3 months the account is open.
- Points are redeemable for an $800 flight on American Airlines or US Airways®, a $665 flight on any other airline or $500 in gift cards.
- Transfer points to a variety of travel loyalty programs from airlines to hotels.
- Earn 3x points on Air Travel and Hotels
- Earn 2x points on Dining at Restaurants and Entertainment
- 1 ThankYou® Point per $1 spent on other purchases